It’s not as though linebacker Manny Lawson hasn’t experienced his share of losing in his NFL career. After being drafted in the first round by the 49ers in 2006 draft, he spent five less-than-triumphant seasons in San Francisco before departing just as Jim Harbaugh arrived to turn the franchise back into a contender. He has, however, spent the last two years in Cincinnati, a team that has afforded him the privilege of twice being part of a team that qualified the playoffs only to be quickly dispatched.
On Wednesday, Lawson signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills. Anyone even loosely familiar with the NFL would know that means there’s agreeing to enduring more years of team hardship. But Lawson was apparently unfamiliar with just how bad things have been for his new team. Under his introductory press conference in Buffalo, someone mentioned that it’s been 13 years since the team has made the playoffs, a fact to which Lawson had been unaware.
“No sir, that’s a very interesting point that you pointed out. I did not know,” Lawson said at his press conference. “That’s new knowledge to me.”
Lawson doesn’t seem to be fazed by the team’s recent history.
“I guess it’s good to know. I’ve come here to change things.”
Manny has a long-term deal and millions of dollars. That counts as winning at life. That should be able to shield him from the pain of losing on the field or having to endure life in Buffalo for a while. I’d like to say there’s also a chance of Buffalo improbably turning things around, but Buddy Nix, etc.